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Doug Paisley (featuring Bonnie Prince Billy)
Until I Find You

Are you really going to keep letting him look for you? Because, in his own words, Doug Paisley won’t stop Until I Find You. To double his search efforts, he has called upon the support of Bonnie “Prince” Billy. This 7” is limited edition and features Emmett Kelly ...view item »

Endless Boogie
Full House Head

This is kind of a weird one. On the one hand it's quite easy to sum up as the band have already done an excellent job of it by calling themselves Endless Boogie but on the other it kinda feels like a bit of a mixed bag quality-wise. I'm spending a fair portion of it quite enjoying their extended Magic Band-esque good-time country/blues/rock jams...view item »

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
Dreaming In The Non-Dream

The press release for this is almost as long as Chris Forsyth's last album. I see the words Pere Ubu, Neu and Roxy Music in there so I'm assuming this next opus contains moments of '70s art rock amongst the blistering solo's and heat hazed Americana that he produced on earlier work. Prolific tho...view item »

Endless Boogie
Vibe Killer

Endless Boogie craftily anticipate the comments that listeners might offer by putting the phrase in their name. And they do indeed boogie endlessly, settling into a psychedelic ZZ Top kind of vibe and then riding it all the way over the horizon. Vibe Killer is another fine collection of cosmic chug, rel...view item »

Joan Shelley
Joan Shelley

Here’s a super gentle and super sincere folk record from Joan Shelley, who’s supported by a recurring cast of the Tweedy family in dad Jeff and son Spencer. Shelley has described her wish for all songs to carry “empathy”, and these songs sound at least halfway there, their rather traditional plucked folk sound carrying an...view item »

Joan Shelley
Cost of the Cold / Here and Whole

In anticipation of her new album here are a couple of new tracks from Kentucky based singer songwriter Joan Shelley. This finger pickin' musician plays lovely country-ish tunes with a classic voice that is not all that far away from Tracey Thorn. The music however fits snugly into the American and UK folk tradit...view item »

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
The Rarity of Experience Pts. I & II

That rarest of things, an album Kim likes. I worry though as albums Kim likes usually have copious use of the saxophone. I’ve scanned the liner notes for any warning signs but as there only appears to sax on two tracks so I think its safe to proceed. What we get instead is some kind of elongated rock epic that sounds somewhere between the ...view item »

Laddio Bolocko
Live & Unreleased 1997-2000

Laddio Bolocko are a remarkable and lesser-known band, whose two albums are well worth your time. But everything on Live And Unreleased is previously unheard: 3 LPs worth of old recordings from suitcases! Liner notes from Oneida’s Kid Millions: if he likes it, you should too. Also...view item »

Joan Shelley
Over and Even

Joan Shelley is a poetic singer-songwriter, performing perfectly-formed country / folk / americana with the help of a talented band (including back-up singing from Will Oldham). Shelley’s voice is subtle and clear, carrying the songs with a sense of delicate precision. Over And Even...view item »

Zachary Cale

Twang makes everything seem sadder. It’s basically a way of cheating your way into meaning. And I dig that; so does Zachary Cale, who washes out his opening slice of Americana on ‘Dusklands’ with a heavy dose of the stuff. It’s a statement of intent for his record, which channels both blockbuster production values and an ...view item »

No News From Home

After a day of packing devastating God’s Pee records into little anxious boxes, Houndstooth are quite reassuringly not harbinging the apocalypse. It’s the least they could do, and I thank them for that: ‘No News From Home’ is astonishingly nice, a listen that echoes the quiet, homegrown dramas of ...view item »

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
Intensity Ghost

There is a certain triumph embedded in opener "The Ballad of Freer Hollow", perhaps because it hardly changes from a single major chord throughout the whole track. I think the term 'drone conductor' is therefore an appropriate term for Chris Forsyth, a man who had previously been engrossed in solo albums but had the desire to take that sound and...view item »

Bob Carpenter
Silent Passage

The late Bob Carpenter finished working on 'Silent Passage' in 1974, but thanks to a contract headache on Warner Records' behalf, it wasn't released until 1984, by which time Carpenter was no longer active in the country rock scene. The record is a sinister personal collection of songs performed with Carpenter's rusty and unforgiving vocals at t...view item »

Joan Shelley
Electric Ursa

Plaintive folk, anyone? Joan Shelley's plucked tunes aren't innovative, but they breathe new light into old traditions. 'Electric Ursa' brings together her compelling voice, which sounds a little like Lotte Kestner -- and sometimes recalls the lower end of Joni Mitchell's register -- with strikingly fluid guitar collaborations. 'Electr...view item »

Nathan Salsburg
Hard For To Win And Can't Be Won

Kentucky guitarist / producer Nathan Salsburg's follow up to the debut 'ode to racehorses' album 'Affirmed' (2011). By day, Salsburg is a curator, archiving American folklore. By night, he plays lovely acoustic guitar music. 'Hard for the win and can't be won', whilst still acoustic, has a bigger, grander sound. Available on CD (No Quarter).&nbs...view item »

Doug Paisley
Strong Feelings

Doug Paisley ramps up the country vibe on his third album “Strange Feelings”. “Radio Girl” is more twangy, vocally and instrumentally than anything previous. It feels looser, and less smooth than its classy predecessor, “Constant Companion”, although “Our Love” sl...view item »

Cian Nugent & The Cosmos
Born With The Caul

I have to rate this highly because it is a beautifully haunting album. It has three long songs and the sound is like...think of irish folk with elements of modern psych and progressive ambient. Perfect for a nice highway or couch chilling experience. It is instrumental all the way with marvellous intensity in the crescendos and most importantly ...view item »

Ride Out The Dark

Epic country-tinged indie rock here from Portland’s Houndstooth. They’re two girls and three boys, none of whom are from Portland, with Katie Bernstein (described in the press release simply as a “Southerner”) fronting on vocals and guitar. It’s quite nice, laid back stuff with pleasantly bouncing grooves, playful i...view item »

Endless Boogie
Long Island

Here’s the third album from New York’s classic rock worshippers Endless Boogie, as they boogie endlessly (averaging about 10 minutes per song) over four sides of vinyl. Matt Sweeney is on it, and also helped produce, and there’s certainly similari...view item »

Jennifer Castle

The signs aren't good on opener 'Summer (for PLC)' which drifts along with the word 'summer' in every line which grates on these ears, as does Castle's voice on 'Neverride' which just a little too Newsom for me but things really come together on 'Powers' which is a gorgeous slice of atmos...view item »

Doug Paisley
Constant Companion

I guess the comparisons between Canadian singer/songwriter Doug Paisley and his fellow countryman Gordon Lightfoot are inevitable as they both play gentle country-ish acoustic ballads. Paisley’s songs are beautiful, nicely arranged, acoustic guitars, organ, harmonies and a rhythm section that just does ex...view item »

Burning Star Core
Papercuts Theater

And now I'm thoroughly expected to have my face melted off by Burning Star Core. Never really heard much by these guys before but I thought now is the time! This is an interesting concept for an album and not one I've heard of before. It's (to quote the press releases) 'One long piece, broken into 4 movements, culled from over 60 live performance...view item »

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